In the incredible summer of Dennis Schroder, who found himself in Boston after losing a nice jackpot following his broken negotiations with the Lakers, hiding a beautiful story. Those of reunion between two former teammates at the Hawks, this time reunited in Massachusetts. Dennis Schroder therefore, and Al Horford.
The leader even confided that the presence of the pivot had motivated his decision to return to the Eastern Conference.
“This is the reason why I chose to come here, to be honest, to be with Al again”, he said. “The last two years, when we saw each other and played against each other, we talked after the game. I’ve always dreamed of playing with him again, because he’s a super veteran who cares about winning, who cares about his family. It’s not that common. He has a winning mentality and I appreciate that about him ”.
A competitive state of mind at all times
Al Horford the wise was also expressed on his reunion, returning in particular to the evolution of Dennis Schroder whom he saw arrive with the teeth which scratched the parquet floor, ready to do anything to make a place for himself among the Hawks.
“He was so competitive he came up with certain expectations for himself and he quickly found out that’s not how things work. There are steps you need to take to get to where you want to be. As a young player he had high expectations, probably to play a lot, to start, that kind of thing ”.
“A competitive spirit in everything”, “sometimes at the limit”, Al Horford also remembers the moments when his point guard came close to the red line.
Jeff Teague, his best “enemy”
Suffice to say that Dennis Schroder has elbowed a lot to try to shake up the hierarchy on the back lines of the Hawks, then well occupied by Jeff Teague, Lou Williams or Kyle Korver. A daily fight that ended up being useful to him, by dint of confrontations, but also of discussions.
“It was my approach at the beginning, every day: trying to make a name for myself, trying to be competitive and get into Jeff Teague”, he recalled. “At the end of the day, when you get to know the league and how it really works, you understand that the players in your locker room are your brothers. We have to fight and it will be against everyone. I had to learn that. Jeff and I sat down and had a lot of talking about this. He told me from the start that in two or three years everything would be mine. ‘Don’t worry about it, keep getting better every day.’ I learned a lot from him. Even today, some of my movements, I get them from Jeff. It shows. He helped me a lot to break down the game, to let it come to me ”.
Boston, the album of maturity
His experiences in Oklahoma City (2018-2020) and then at the Lakers have also helped make him a more seasoned, more reflective leader. And his acclimatization in Boston confirms it.
“He finds his way, just like we find our way as a team. If he feels comfortable, if he gets to know everyone, I think we’ll be better. He has shown some flashes of what he can do, but I think he continues to find his way ”Al Horford added.
Each match consolidates him in his place as major lieutenant of the team and his contributions are more and more regular, except for his sinking of the last match against Spurs. In short, as Al Horford slipped, Dennis Schroder is on the right track, more peaceful and therefore more lucid.
“Being patient is how I matured. My first year, I played the first 18 games and after that I didn’t play anymore. So patience has helped me a lot. Do everything to improve, even if you don’t play, train. At the end of the day, you do this for yourself, no matter what kind of situation you find yourself in. When you have a chance, you have to be prepared. You learn that over the years. It is the most important “.